‘Gravity’ review: There has never before been a movie like this
” The World’s End “: The British comedy trio behind “Shaun of the Dead” is responsible for this rollicking ride about a pub crawl that gets interrupted by the apocalypse. ” In a World… ” Lake Bell stars in her writing and directorial debut about a voiceover artist following in her father’s very large footsteps. Drama ” Wadjda “: The coming-of-age film about a young girl who wants to buck the established order is the first feature-length movie made in Saudi Arabia. ” Short Term 12 “: Brie Larson plays a supervisor in a halfway house for troubled teens in Destin Daniel Cretton’s second feature. ” The Patience Stone “: An Afghani woman finds relief when she reveals her deepest secrets to her husband, who happens to be comatose. ” The Spectacular Now “: Another coming-of-age film, this dramedy deals with a bookish teen who starts a relationship with a hard-partying classmate. Documentary ” Generation Iron “: The engaging documentary follows seven men in the 2012 Mr. Olympia competition. Other movie options: ” Harvest of Empire “: Artisphere is hosting a free screening of the eye-opening documentary about immigration on Thursday at 7 p.m. Film|Neu : The annual film festival, which starts Friday, focuses on the latest and greatest from Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Most of the movies will show at E Street Cinema, and highlights include a screening of the award-winning day-in-the-life film “Oh Boy” and the 3D movie “Measuring the World,” which recounts the friendship between mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss and geographer Alexander von Humboldt.
The 57-year-old actor, who most recently appears in the much-hyped “Captain Phillips,” spoke to the ShortList about his past films. “I don’t watch any of my old movies,” he told the publication . “The one that I might watch with great affection is a little movie I directed, ‘That Thing You Do,’ which Im not in that much. I loved doing it so much that when I watch it now it still brings a smile to my face.” “I don’t watch my own performances – who does that?” Hanks continued. “That would be madness. I’ve seen all the movies once, but I don’t need to see them again, because they don’t change.” Hanks isn’t alone in his lack of affinity for watching himself onscreen. Earlier this year, Johnny Depp voiced a similar sentiment, saying, “I made a choice a long time ago, that I was better off not watching my films, which is a drag because you miss out on a lot of your friends’ incredible work. But I feel like it would just harm me. I would rather stay as ignorant as possible about the result of anything because once you’re done playing that character, it’s really not your business anymore.” For more from Hanks, head over to ShortList. Loading Slideshow Celebrity Photos: October 2013 Katherine Heigl and husband Josh Kelley looked smitten after lunch at Bubby’s restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, on Oct. 4. Celebrity Photos: October 2013 Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf filmed their new movie ‘Fury’ in Oxfordshire, England on October 4. Celebrity Photos: October 2013 Kim Kardashian posted a photo on Oct.
Fortunately, Gravity does have more going for it than most survival films, which primarily, is the various layers of fear: the fear of the unfamiliarity of space, the obvious fear of time, and finally the fear of not just dying but the question of how will your end come? It takes more than just visual effects to hold a film together and Sandra Bullock is the pull in Gravity. For the majority of the film, Bullock is alone, and while acting in general is no easy feat, acting solo is an actors most challenging role and Bullock is effortlessly sensational. Her roller coaster of emotions from the start of the film to its final frame are riveting. The suspense in this film would be null without Bullocks wonderful and relatable connection. The Cuarons makes Ryan an “everyman,” so watching her struggle to save and be saved is like having a sinking feeling of watching ones self go through this traumatic ordeal. Bullock wasnt the first choice to play Ryan, but Cuaron should count himself lucky that he landed a powerful, often beautiful, performance in the end. While Gravity gives audiences a sensational and unparalleled fictional view of the final frontier, Bullock says it best as her dread sets in: I hate space. For those who have always dreamed of becoming an astronaut or visiting the stars, this incredibly tense film might change your mind. Going in to the film knowing disaster will strike just makes the tension that much greater and when Cuaron unleashes hell upon Ryan and Kowalski, the suspense is relentless and exhausting. Gravity deserves the IMAX treatment more than most films. An already immersive experience is incredibly heightened by the big screen format. Check out on IMAX if possible. It will be worth the extra coin. It remains to be seen if Gravity will have a long shelf-life once every new science fiction movie hereafter copies everything from its realism to its naturalistic effects to Steven Prices hypnotic and vertigo-inducing score. Gravity is definitely an experience an event and whether or not that lasts, as of right now, theres just nothing else like it.
Hero Worship: Don’t Ruin Movies for Yourself
Stuff is going to get out there, because thats just how it works now. So my proposal is this: if you find yourself disappointed by something because it simply doesnt live up to your expectations (Im plenty guilty of this myself), lets try a new approach. Lets divorce ourselves from the production woes, the stops-and-starts, the casting changes, the writer changes, the endless rumor mills. Websites are going to report on this stuff, no matter what, because a majority of the audience clamors for these things now. And thats great. But for some of us, who know that were better off going into a movie blind without preconceived notions, lets take control of our own movie-watching destinies. Is it going to be hard to not click that link? Of course. Is it going to take all of your energy to not engage in a Twitter discussion about a movie four years away? Maybe. But your restraint is building to greater satisfaction on the other end.